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A section on "Citizens' Concerns"



I was thinking about what Charu has been saying, and perhaps some others,
such as:

> I don't care who gets money from whom. 
> I do care if, in return for getting that money, officials/politicians
> commit theft of public property on behalf of their paymasters.
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they are allowed to pollute the air and water [a theft of public
> resources, IMO].
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they are allowed to exploit their workers and then have strikes busted
> by public agencies like the police and paramilitary [a theft from the
> workers, protection provided at public expense].
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they receive the benefit of the construction roads and other public
> infrastructure before people who don't payoff.

(This list is illustrative: a lot many more concerns have been expressed
elsewhere)

What struck me was that we all agree on most of these 'concerns.' It is
the instrument to address these concerns that we often tend to disagree
with.

In my opinion, the instruments often suggested to attack these issues are
often too blunt. It is like amputing a human leg just because there is
a corn on the foot. 

If the problem is racial discrimination, then the solution must solve
racial discrimination. Often the proponents of causes which are allegedly
"social" (as if other causes like the creation of wealth were
anti-social), apply the most blunt tool: like a huge axe, to slice through
the very existence of a society, in an attempt to exorcise specific
problems. 

I think we should be able to solve problems with specific tools, like a
good brain surgeon, rather than a butcher whose primary capability is to
kill rather than cure. 

As a free citizen, one has naturally a lot of concerns, which relate to
the existence of a 'fair' society. These could be positive concerns as
well as negative ones. 

I believe that if we express our concerns openly, then we will be able to
address them, one by one. That might be a better way to design an ideal
society than to apply the slash and burn technique of arbitrary limits,
controls, secrecy, hypocrisy, socialism, swadeshi, or whatever else,
scaring away all our Bill Gates from India (and also the Real Bill Gates'
from aborad who wish to invest in India and create wealth both for
themselves and for India). 

I think one could make a separate web page listing these concerns. Along
with each such concern, one could have a hyperlink to the section/
sections of the Manifesto/ agenda, which is designed to solve that
concern. 

For example, the page could read as follows:

	Concerns of a Free Citizen 

Positive concerns
================

* I want an environment where I, my family, and everyone else, is rewarded
based on their effort, capability, creativity, and actual contribution. In
particular, I want to be able to become as rich as I want to be, given the
effort I put in.

* I want to be able to live my life in whatever way I please, subject only
to the constraint that I respect the basic social norms of decency and
non-injury to others.

Negative concerns:
==================

* While enabling myself and others to become as rich as we can, I do not
want to give others the power to fix prices which are based on
monopolistic practices.

* I want those who are physically and mentally handicapped to be provided
assistance to live a decent human life, even though they may be unable to
contribute in any way to society.

etc.  (add stuff from Charu's concerns, ....)

> I do care if, in return for getting that money,
officials/politicians
> commit theft of public property on behalf of their paymasters.
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they are allowed to pollute the air and water [a theft of public
> resources, IMO].
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they are allowed to exploit their workers and then have strikes busted
> by public agencies like the police and paramilitary [a theft from the
> workers, protection provided at public expense].
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they receive the benefit of the construction roads and other public
> infrastructure before people who don't payoff.

Please come out with your concerns. These will be listed and discussed,
and solved, individually. Let us become brain surgeons rather than
butchers.

I am sure that nobody's concern is: "Let us make India poor. Let us ensure
that the worst people from India become its rulers, and the best leave
India." But we have tried oftentiems to solve relatively minor problems
with the axe rather than with a fine instrument, ensuring that the
society's morale and self-confidence itself is effectively demolished. 

Charu's point implied: I don't care if CM's take money left right and
center below the table, in hundreds of crores of rupees, I don't care if
India's economy is entirely converted into a black economy, I don't care
if the honest and best folks stop wasting their time in public service and
in fact leave India, I don't care if India is known all over the world
only for its corruption, bad quality products and unbelievable poverty.

All I - a very great well-wisher of the poor - care for is: 

> I do care if, in return for getting that money,
officials/politicians
> commit theft of public property on behalf of their paymasters.
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they are allowed to pollute the air and water [a theft of public
> resources, IMO].
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they are allowed to exploit their workers and then have strikes busted
> by public agencies like the police and paramilitary [a theft from the
> workers, protection provided at public expense].
> 
> I think it is wrong if in return for payment from "Birlas and Tatas"
> they receive the benefit of the construction roads and other public
> infrastructure before people who don't payoff.

AND, in order to ensure that these things are "solved," I will apply some
arbitrary limits that I have, one fine day in the morning, discovered as
being relevant solutions to the chief concerns that I have.

Unfortunately, in my view, the proposed solution had virtually nothing to
do with the concerns expressed, and worse, it seems to ignore much more
basic and fundamental problems of India. Even assuming that I were to
agree to limits of 1/2 and 1/2, HOW would that solve ANY of the above
concerns?

I am therefore saying: we all must freely express our concerns, and I do
believe that almost all of us have similar concerns. 

Then, once all these concerns are in, like scientists, let us design
instruments to cure each individual problem specificically. That would
perhaps be called a scientific approach to the problem.

SS












































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